The European Commission has responded to Venezuela's appeal for humanitarian aid after last week's flood and landslide disaster with funding of Euro 3.2 million. The funding, channelled via the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable non-governmental organisations including the French, German and Spanish Red Cross Societies to provide immediate assistance to victims of floods now in temporary shelters. The needs identified are food, drugs and medical supplies, bedding, tents, mobile latrines, cooking utensils, electricity generating equipment and clean drinking water. An ECHO expert is now on the spot to monitor the situation and to help coordinate the aid effort. This funding is in addition to Euro 400,000 made available immediately, and brings the total earmarked for the disaster so far to Euro 3.6 million.